Comedy Gig Guide

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so dose yourself up with a night spent in the presence of some of the finest comedians, coming to a town near you.

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Jimmy Carr

The man with THE laugh, Jimmy Carr, has put together a new live show containing jokes about all kinds of terrible things, things that have probably affected you and everyone you know and he’s going to make a mockery of it all. From presenting 8 Out Of 10 Cats, to judging the UK edition of Roast Battle and now back to where it all began, on the stage, Jimmy Carr has had one of the most successful careers of any British comedian, but that still doesn’t mean he’ll be politically correct.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 26 June Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 10 July Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 19 September Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Sunday 15 November Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 21 November Buy Tickets

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Mo Gilligan

After a stunning 2019, which saw him win numerous awards and land his own Channel 4 show, Mo Gilligan returns to the stage this year with his brand-new stand-up show, There’s Mo To Life. Since rising to fame off the back of his viral “Coupla Cans” video and thriving social media presence, Mo has gone on to sell out multiple dates on his debut tour, scored a Netflix special and was named The Funniest Man in Britain by The Times. Raising the bar with his new show, we have no doubts that’ll be yet another smash for the UK’s favourite new comedian.

O2 Academy Liverpool: Saturday 18 April Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 8 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 10 October Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Thursday 15 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 17 October Buy Tickets

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Jon Richardson

If you’ve watched any British comedy panel shows in recent years, the likelihood is you’ll have found yourself laughing along to the cardigan-wearing, worried-about-everything comedian, Jon Richardson. Whether it’s his slot as team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Cats Countdown or in his new sitcom, Meet The Richardsons, Jon delivers some of the most relatable material in stand-up. Heading out on his first tour in two years, he’ll be telling all about his new life as a husband and a father, whilst also worrying about if the recycling has been taken out whilst he’s away.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Thursday 22 October Buy Tickets

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David O'Doherty

The Irishman is returning to O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire this year and yes, he’s bringing his keyboard with him. No, it still doesn’t work properly. On his new stand-up tour, whoa is me, the comic, actor, musician, author and playwright will be doing plenty of talking, probably some apologising and he’ll also play a song or two. If you’ve seen him on Live At The Apollo or 8 Out Of 10 Cats, you’ll have an idea of what to expect, but honestly, you really just need to see this show for yourself.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 20 November Buy Tickets



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Ross Noble

Ross Noble has been working the live comedy circuit for two decades and somehow, he still has things to talk about. After the success of last year’s El Hablador tour, the Geordie favourite is hitting the road again with his new show, Humournoid and he’s stopping off in his hometown for a three-night spectacular. A regular on TV shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, Ross’ unique brand of comedy has left people in hysterics, if often a little confused, and that is why his live performances are still so in-demand after 20 years in the game.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Thursday 21 May Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 22 May Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 23 May Buy Tickets

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Daniel Sloss - Hubris

Hubris; noun - excessive pride or self-confidence.

Perhaps an odd title for Daniel Sloss’ new tour, but then when his last stand-up show, X, sold out across 40 countries, you’d probably have a bit of pride, too. The Scottish comic – whose previous show, Jigsaw, is now famous for breaking up over 75,000 couples worldwide – is back with more of his dark, witty humour that leaves you belly-laughing whilst also questioning everything in your life. A sharp, intellectual comedian, Sloss isn’t afraid to hit a nerve with his audience and it’s this attitude which has seen him become such a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Fri 2 Oct Buy Tickets

Liverpool Guild of Students: Wed 28 Oct Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Fri 11 Dec Buy Tickets

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Jason Manford

Salford’s comedy hero, Jason Manford, has been keeping himself pretty busy since his last smash-hit stand-up tour, Muddle Class, but now he’s back! The nationally acclaimed comedian has spent the past couple of years appearing both on our TV screens and our radios, hosting his own Absolute Radio show, amongst other things, but now he’s ready to get back out in front of you with a fresh helping of new material in his new live show, Like Me.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 19 February 2021 Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 19 March 2021 Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 20 March 2021 Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Saturday 12 June 2021 Buy Tickets

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The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store has been the breeding ground for some of the country’s finest comedians for many years, with everyone from Eddie Izzard to Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and Rhod Gilbert starting their careers there. Spreading further across the country, The Comedy Store is now hitting more venues and bringing you the hottest emerging talent in stand-up before anyone else.

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 8 May Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 20 June Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 12 September Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 25 September Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 4 December Buy Tickets

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Paul Smith

Resident compere at Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club, Paul Smith has seen his career sky rocket in the past year, taking his stand-up from clubs to arenas within 12 months. Brash, honest and explicit, his comedy isn’t for the fainthearted but it will leave you in absolute pieces. Embarking on his second ever national tour, he’ll prove why he’s become a crowd favourite and put his explosive humour to the test. If you’re looking for the future of comedy, then Paul’s live show is the place to start.

O2 Academy Leeds: Wednesday 20 May Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 21 May Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Thursday 4 June Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 5 June Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 12 June Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 13 June Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham:Thursday 9 July Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 10 July Buy Tickets

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Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope was been working the comedy circuit longer than some comedians have been alive. Whether it be his numerous Comedy Central appearances, voicing parts of Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe, writing books or standing up on stage, Doug Stanhope has kept us entertained for decades now. His material might not be for the easily offended, he’s opinionated, brutally honest and occasionally quite vulgar, but that’s what makes him so endearing and is why we can’t wait for him to return to the UK this year for another stand-up special.

O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 12 October Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Tuesday 13 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Thursday 15 October Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Saturday 17 October Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Sunday 18 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 23 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 24 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Sunday 25 October Buy Tickets

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Arron Crascall

Alongside Mo Gilligan, Arron Crascall was one of the early pioneers of viral online comedy, using the world of social media to keep us all smiling. Amassing 15 million followers with his awkward, hilarious and bold public stunts, Arron went from being your average Dad to an internet sensation in no time at all. Now though, he’s stepping out from behind the camera and heading to stages for his Socially Awkward tour, starring his partner-in-crime, Joe Charman.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 26 June Buy Tickets

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Harris & Baker’s Backstage Pass

Bob Harris (a.k.a Whispering Bob) and Danny Baker are two of the nation’s favourite broadcasters. Harris with his love for Country music has helped transform the genre for modern audiences and Danny Baker has spent decades entertaining us from a radio mic, with his stories and comical genius spreading smiles across the country. With so much experience between the two and many a tale to tell about the world of rock and soul music, the pair decided to come together and spill the beans on their careers and everything they’ve seen, heard and won’t ever forget.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 3 July Buy Tickets

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Emily Atack

Emily first appeared on our TV screens as one of the main characters in the now iconic British comedy series, The Inbetweeners. Since then, she’s won over the nation’s hearts in I’m A Celebrity! Get Me Out Of Here and continued to keep us giggling with her numerous television appearances. Set for a full headline tour this autumn, she’ll bring her trademark humour, honesty and playfulness to the stage and explore everything from work to dating and how to be a mature, responsible grown-up… if she can find one.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 16 October Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Sunday 1 November Buy Tickets

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Laffs4kids

After a standout few years, Laffs4Kids returns this year for another feast of well-known comedy faces, musicians and plenty of other surprises. Having discovered that 40,000 local children in Newcastle would go without Christmas presents, award-winning comedian and writer, Jason Cook, called up some friends and launched Laffs4Kids. The entry fee? A wrapped present to be donated to a child in need. Over the years, the event has seen Chris Ramsey, Sarah Millican, Tim Healy and many more takeover the stage, so expect this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever!

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Sunday 13 December (Matinee) Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Sunday 13 December (Evening) Buy Tickets

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Roy 'Chubby' Brown

Having recently celebrated 50 years of being one of the naughtiest comics in show business, it’d be understandable for Roy to want to put the mic down, but that’s not Roy. A comic who lives and breathes performing for his audiences, he travels far and wide across the country to make as many people laugh as possible. His material may not be very PG, but it’s his feistiness that has seen him become a true icon of the industry and he’ll keep touring for as long as he has new jokes to tell.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 19 December Buy Tickets

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Comedy Explosion ft. Majah Hype

Comedy Explosion is here to bring you two social media sensations, who’ll transform their viral sketches into a full-blown laugh-a-long. Majah Hype – the king of Caribbean comedy – is making his highly-anticipated return to the UK to showcase both his music and stand-up skills, whilst White Yardie will prove why he’s quickly becoming a household name on the comedy circuit.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 15 May Buy Tickets

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Comedy Roast UK Live

Influencer, personal trainer and mental health spokesperson, Terroll Lewis, has taken many a beating in his life, but nothing will compare to the roasting he’ll get from this line-up of comedians. Hosted by the fearless Kane Brown, the event will see the army of comics throw outlandish insults and jokes at Terroll in what’s set to be one of the most hilarious, but brutal night’s in comedy.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Sunday 10 May Buy Tickets